Digital Ocean Nameservers use Default or My Droplet IP Address

January 25, 2016 1.9k views
DNS

I am brand new to the Droplet, and Digital Ocean community, and I first want to say thanks to those that are here and provide tutorials for everyone else.

With that said, I have successfully installed Centos 7 Droplet and have already installed WHM and cPanel on the system, however, now I am questioning if I set that up correctly, when it asked in cPanel for 3 nameservers and their IP addresses, should I have used the default (3) IP addresses it gives for Digital Ocean nameservers (which are all 3 different) OR was I supposed to use my actual Droplet/Server IP address?

I am now trying to change a site domain to point to the new nameservers which is http://mealii.com but when I look up DNS it reports nothing back, and also the history shows the below message & history codes:


Sorry, we couldn't find any name servers for 'mealii.com'

PWS3v2 219ms
0 a.gtld-servers.net 192.5.6.30 NON-AUTH 78 ms Received 3 Referrals , rcode=NO_ERROR mealii.com. 172800 IN NS ns1.digitalocean.com,mealii.com. 172800 IN NS ns2.digitalocean.com,mealii.com. 172800 IN NS ns3.digitalocean.com,

1 ns2.digitalocean.com 173.245.59.41 NON-AUTH 46 ms , rcode=REFUSED

1 ns1.digitalocean.com 173.245.58.51 NON-AUTH 46 ms , rcode=REFUSED

1 ns3.digitalocean.com 198.41.222.173 NON-AUTH 46 ms , rcode=REFUSED


Should I just wait and is everything just need some extra time to propagate? Maybe I'm too impatient. =)

1 Answer

Hey there,

Thank you for reaching out to us!

When you are setting up cPanel/WHM it'll ask for DNS resolvers which you can use 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for. Those should actually be pre-populated.

WHM will want to try to run it's own name servers as well. That process is more involved as you have to register the private name servers, sometimes this may be referenced as GLUE records. That process normally wants (2) separate IP addresses. Since we only offer (1) IP per Droplet this may or may not work with your registrar.

You can choose to use our DNS cluster as well, but the zone creation and edits will not be automatic and will need to be done manually within our control panel. At that point, the configuration of the DNS server wouldn't matter on the cPanel/WHM Droplet.

You can also create your own redundant DNS cluster with cPanel's DNSONLY version of WHM. You can place a few small Droplets spread around our platform to act as name servers. You'd want to look at the DNS sync features in WHM and reach out to their support or forums for the exact steps to set that up.

Happy coding,

Jon Schwenn
Platform Support Specialist
DigitalOcean

  • Hey Jon, you guys rock, you know the issue I had previously has been resolved (hadn't had time to reply yet), and I really appreciate you input above and guidance. I ended up leaving everything default, my main problem was, I set my new Droplet up, thinking I only needed a single domain (host.domain.com), and cPanel and WHM would handle the rest, but I realize now that I actually have to add each domain I am running on the cPanel(WHM) through the Networking tab in my DO account. (silly me)

    Thanks for the quick, speedy replies, and I am already super excited to be saving money and have more freedom with you guys!

    Regards,
    Michael

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